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Follow-up from Tuesday’s COVID-19 research funding briefing call

Many thanks to those of you who participated in this week’s briefing call. By way of follow up, please see the notes below:

  • Do refer to the questions posed by UKRI looking for answers to specific research challenges – these  can be found here:
  • If you are looking for international partners, then our colleague Dr Alastair Morrison, would be delighted to assist. Please do contact him directly.
  • If you are approaching other non HE business partners, please do keep Ehren Milner and Ian Jones (OVC) in the loop.
  • With regards to developing work with respect to communications and C19, I would recommend speaking to An Nguyen/Einar Thorsen/Ann Hemingway/Dan Jackson/Darren Baines.
  • We strongly recommend that your proposal is collaborative and rapidly (i.e. within weeks ideally) delivers societal/economic impact.
  • Projects already can be funded here: (although I would anticipate a shift in what is funded in-terms of needs of society as the pandemic progresses – and Research England have assured us they are looking for proposals not just from the Russell Group).
  • If you are looking to connect with colleagues, I would recommend speaking to your Research Facilitator who can link you up with relevant colleagues – either with a bid in progress, or with a suitable knowledge base.
  • It is worth getting updates from Research Professional if you are not already – this is one of the most rapidly evolving funding environments I’ve seen in 20 years of Higher Education!

A summary of where you can find out further information with respect to the calls discussed:


With many thanks and best wishes



Researching COVID-19 and associated impacts – update from the Tuesday briefing

Dear all

Many thanks to those of you who attended today’s virtual briefing session (and bearing with us as we tested a new form of engagement!) As promised, the information is being provided on the virtual MS Team – please do join this group and interact as appropriate.

Funding calls referred to today can be found via the following links:

  • UKRI funding hub.
  • MRC/NIHR rapid response call. The second round of funding has seen 21 new projects funded, in addition to the six projects funded in the first round. £14.1m of the £24.6m budget has already been allocated. You can find info on the funded projects here: (thanks to Lisa for this information)
  • All disciplinary areas can apply for funding, it is worth viewing e.g. the AHRC and ESRC.
  • There is also a considerable volume of Innovate UK funding in the pipeline – for which industry collaboration is essential. Furthermore, given recent government announcements, we expect a strong component of economic recovery to be predicated on industry led R&D.

Some points to note:

  • Usual processes apply – including institutional approvals. Please refer to the updates cascaded internally.
  • RDS are working remotely but are here to help. Please refer to the Research Blog if you are ensure as to who to contact within the Funding Development Team.
  • In-terms of developing a strong proposal, further to our discussions with funders, please do be aware:
    • Funding applications need to deliver impact rapidly. As highlighted as part of the discussion, this may be best done through collaboration with external partners e.g. policy makers, industry partners etc) – they are not for incremental disciplinary based progress.
    • Strong proposals are likely to be interdisciplinary/collaborative in nature.
    • Equality and diversity (in all aspects, not just gender) is a theme which UKRI are especially keen to see researchers addressing.

If you would like to test out ideas/develop concepts, we can assist through our normal support, but in addition by:

  • Anonymously adding text to the MS Teams site and we will invite comment on your behalf
  • Providing an opportunity to discuss your concept over videoconference and we can ask others to feedback – the emphasis on both mechanisms being friendly and supportive!

Furthermore, I am keen to hear your feedback as to how we can maximise effective engagement whilst our campus is closed to ensure that BU offers the most effective response aligned to our areas of strategic research growth.

One final note is that our corporate communications team is keen to hear about colleagues who are doing excellent work with regards to COVID-19 and its impacts. You are welcome to send me through some details and/or email directly to advise – please don’t be shy.

Take care and stay safe,

Very best wishes


Reminder: SIA EoI call closing on 18th July and drop in sessions available this Friday

Are you preparing an expression of interest for the Strategic Investment Area open call and would benefit from some additional guidance or assistance to finalise your proposal? Rebecca Edwards, Research Programme Manager in RDS, would be delighted to assist!

Rebecca will be available for drop in sessions on Friday 12th July, on the 4th floor of Melbury House on Lansdowne between 8-11am, and then in the Poole House Staff Centre on Talbot between 1pm-4.30pm.

Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact Becca on extension 61538 or email outside of these times.

And if you need a reminder about the call or the links to the relevant areas of the staff intranet, please see full details below:

“The BU2025 Strategic Plan outlines our Strategic Investment Areas (SIA) which are existing areas of expertise in which we will further grow our institutional performance to achieve the goals set out in BU2025. In order to drive this activity forward, two funding calls are held each year where Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for internal, pump-primed research projects may be submitted from staff across the institution in any/all of the SIAs. 

The next internal call is now open for applications from BU colleagues who wish to develop innovative fundamental research proposals which will grow our institutional research income. Interdisciplinary and cross-faculty proposals are encouraged and proposals must align to one of BU’s Strategic Investment Areas:

  • Medical Science
  • Assistive Technology
  • Animation, Simulation & Visualisation
  • Sustainability, Low-carbon Technology & Materials Science.

Colleagues wishing to apply should review the scope of the Strategic Investment Areas and the Application Guidance before completing the EOI application form – you can find all the information you need on the staff intranet. Any queries on completing the application should be sent to  and any queries related to the focus and scope of the SIA, to the relevant Convener.

Completed applications should be sent to by 5pm on 18 July 2019.”

Deadline Approaching – Call for Something: Disrupting Research Practices

The Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development  at Coventry University will be holding a one day conference happening on Friday 19th January 2018. Our Call for Something is currently open and closes on 12th November. For more information on the event and the full CFS, please follow the link:

For further details, please contact Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse 

Have you been involved with an event designed for the external community?

Then we want to hear from you!smiley-face1

The University is currently compiling the data for the annual Higher Education – Business & Community Interaction survey (HE-BCI) due to be submitted to HESAshortly. Data returned is used to calculate our HEIF grant.

We are asked to submit details of social, cultural and community events designed for the external community (to include both free and chargeable events) which took place between1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.


Event types that should be returned include, but are not limited to:

  • public lectures
  • performance arts (dance, drama, music, etc)
  • exhibitions
  • museum education
  • events for schools and community groups
  • business breakfasts

We cannot return events such as open days, Student Union activity, commercial conferences, etc.

All events that we ran as part of the Festival of Learning, ESRC Festival of Social Science and Cafe Scientifique series are likely to be eligible for inclusion and we will collate this information on your behalf centrally.

If you have been involved with any other event which could be returned, please could you let your contact (see below) know the event name and date, whether it was free or chargeable, the estimated number of attendees, and an estimate of how much academic time was spent preparing for (but not delivering) the event:

  • SciTech – Norman Stock
  • FoM – Rob Hydon
  • HSS – Tanya Richardson
  • FMC – Mark Brocklehurst
  • Professional Service – Rebecca Edwards (RKEO)

The data returned is used by HEFCE to allocate the HEIF funding so it is important that we return as accurate a picture as possible.

Free Peer Review Workshop for Early Career Researchers

Find out about peer review.

Debate challenges to the system.

Discuss the role of peer review for scientists and the public.


Friday 12th May, 2pm– 6pm

Workshop to be held at Informa’s Offices, 5 Howick Place, London


Peer Review: The nuts and bolts is a free half-day workshop for early career researchers and will explore how peer review works, how to get involved, the challenges to the system, and the role of peer review in helping the public to evaluate research claims.


Should peer review detect plagiarism, bias or fraud? What does peer review do for science and what does the scientific community want it to do for them? Should reviewers remain anonymous? Does it illuminate good ideas or shut them down?


To apply to attend this workshop, please fill out the application form by 9am on Tuesday 25 April:


For more details, get in touch with Joanne Thomas

More information:

Coping with stress and anxiety: Health and well-being for researchers

Focus on themesMessage from Vitae:

“We all know that being a researcher can be very satisfying, but it often comes at a price of high levels of stress and anxiety. It could be the pressure of deadlines, writers block or dealing with fixed term contracts, or perhaps the anxiety of not knowing where your next steps will take you. Research can also be isolating and hard on your self-confidence and motivation. Good mental health and well-being can help researchers deal with the stresses of life in academia and make the most of the opportunities around them whatever their future may hold.

Join us for a Google Hangout to learn more about looking after your own mental health and well-being and hear from researchers share their experiences of balancing life and research”.

For further details, please see the Vitae website

Season’s Greetings from the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team (KEIT)

KEIT Christmas 1216Through the dark nights of December, we have been reflecting on our highlights from another action packed year for KEIT.

In February, Charlene joined as our first Student Project Bank Co-ordinator followed by Joanna and Hannah in August as Events Organiser and Student Engagement Coordinator for their placement year.

The summer also saw Becca re-join the team following her maternity leave and Genna move into an Engagement and Impact Facilitator role.

Our evolving team has supported another busy year of events including the KTP South Coast meeting, Interdisciplinary Research Week, Impact Week, the Service Excellence conference, monthly Café Scientifique events, the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the Festival of Learning, the Festival of Enterprise, the RKE Development Framework, Festival of Learning On Tour events, the Research Photography Competition, 14:Live events, the new inaugural lecture series, the SURE conference and public lectures day for the U3A amongst others.

Project activity remains abundant with support for the institution’s KTPs, Student Research Assistantship scheme, Student Project Bank (which went live in October), our programme of activities to engage student engagement with research, support for 25 HEIF projects, impact case studies for all units of assessment, support for innovation and IP amongst the myriad other KE and impact initiatives.

Publications have included the Bournemouth Research Chronicle, research content for the annual review and a series of fusion case studies to illustrate our concept of fusing research, professional practice and education.

With all this activity, we just wanted to say many thanks to those of you who have collaborated with us over the past year to make all these activities possible and we look forward to working with you in 2017.


Wishing you a fantastic festive season and an impactful New Year.

Becca, Charlene, Genna, Hannah, Jayne, Joanna, Naomi, Rachel B and Rachel C

Knowledge exchange framework portal – new HEFCE webpages


HEFCE have launched a new portal which aims to support higher education institutions to continuously improve their practice in the areas of knowledge exchange.


This includes sections on:

HEFCE will continue to populate these pages are further information becomes available.

If you have any queries about the portal and its contents, or wish to discuss any elements of knowledge exchange, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Edwards.

Do you or a colleague think you have a solution to an environmental problem?

The Royal Society Of Edinburgh Logo NERC has agreed to support up to five new Enterprise Fellowships to boost the development of new businesses from investments in environmental research.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising business ideas.

The programme, delivered by the RSE with support from BBSRC, NERC, STFC and Scottish Enterprise, allows fellows to focus solely on developing their business idea. They receive one year’s salary, expert business training, business development funding and access to mentors from a pool of successful individuals in the commercial community.

The next call for applications is now open, closing on 9 November 2016.

More information, including eligibility and how to apply, is available on the RSE website.

AHRC Engaging with Government Programme

The AHRC have launched the Engagement with Government Programme, a three day course taking plan in March 2017 to provide researchers with insights in the policy making process and develop appropriate skills.

It is open to ECRs working in any areas of the AHRC’s subject domain.

The course will be held in London, 7th-9th March 2017. The call for applications closes on 7th October.

This is a great opportunity to develop the skills to ensure your research is shaping policy. Further details can be found on the AHRC’s website.

Institute for Studies in Landscapes and Human Evolution (ISLHE): Come and find out more over cake and coffee!!

Are you an archaeologist, computer scientist, ecologist, animator, anthropologist, palaeoanthropologist working in a Professional Service? ….

Or simply interested in landscapes and how they influenced human evolution?

If so why not drop by and find out more about BU’s newly launched Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution (ISLHE) at 1.30 PM on the 25th March (TAG01).  We would like to invite BU staff to an opportunity to find out more and see how they might get involved over coffee.

ISLHE’s research agenda focuses around the role of landscape process in driving human evolution.  What drove the evolution of our species?  Why did some species of the human family tree become extinct while others did not?  What role did climate change and landscape process in Africa play in guiding this evolution?  These are fundamental questions about our own origins and what drove our evolution.  The research agenda focuses on tackling these questions from a landscape-based perspective integrating a wide range of fields anthropology, archaeology, palaeoanthropology, ecology, remote sensing of modern analogues with both earth and computer science.

Working both in the field and using computer modelling we hope to tackle some of these questions over the next few years.  Another key part of our agenda is to work with computer animators to bring our science alive in the imagination of both scientific and popular audiences.

Join us to find out more!!

Social science research at BU – meeting TODAY at 2.30pm (PG11)

During the consultation on Faculty structures it became evident that there is an interest across the University in closer cross-Faculty collaboration amongst those whose work is based in or influenced by the social sciences. To this end, Prof. Barry Richards of FMC and Prof. Jonathan Parker of HSS are convening a meeting at 2.30 (note start time) on Tuesday 17th March (in PG11, Talbot Campus) to discuss cross-Faculty collaborations in social science-based research. There are already a number of such collaborative projects underway, and the aim of this meeting would be to explore the prospects for developing existing links and shared activities in a more strategic way. This could create new synergies, raise BU’s profile as a place where ‘4*’ social research and thought leadership can be found, and strengthen our hand in funding bids. It could also have implications for research organization and REF planning.

So if you are engaged in or planning some research which you think might benefit from an environment with stronger inter-Faculty links and a richer interdisciplinary context, or would just like to know more about SS research across BU, do put this meeting in your calendar.

For further details, please contact Prof. Barry Richards

Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team: how have we been flying the KEIT for you?

The Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team (fondly known to us as KEIT) is a relatively new team within RKEO.  KEIT is made up of an enthusiastic group of people working to ensure that BU’s research and  knowledge is informed by society for the benefit of society on a number of cross institutional projects such as the Festival of Learning and HEIF-5 funded initiatives, amongst many others!

The past month has been a busy one for the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team starting with the excellent news that the research website had won the ‘Best Research Website’ in the international eduStyle Awards, winning both the People’s Choice and Judged Award categories – fighting off competition from MIT, Yale and Columbia. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we have been continuing to profile BU’s excellent REF results and Dorset Magazine has featured Professor David Osselton in a piece which brings insight to the region on about his fascinating toxicology research.

We have not rested on our laurels engaging our student body with our amazing research either, with over 40 students attending our first live research chat (known from here on in as 14: Live) led by Professor Janet Dickinson. Students were also treated to insights from Dr James Gavin in The Rock on how exercise can improve ankle flexibility and postural stability in older people. Our public engagement programme has also continued in earnest, with Café Scientifique returning in February. Professor Matt Bentley led a fascinating talk exploring whether reproduction in the sea is lunacy? Despite snow on the morning of the event, Café Boscanova was packed!

BU’s record of partnership working received a big boost with the announcement that Bournemouth University’s Global Environment Solutions (BUG) HEIF funded project team have been commissioned by Poole Council to try and bring an end to the water quality issues which have become synonymous with the lake in Poole Park. Enabled by funding from the Heritage Lottery Funding this is a fantastic result for the local community and BU.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Academic Development Scheme (KTPADs) is once again open for registration. Led by Innovate UK, KTPs are a brilliant way of working with industry and creating employment for an exceptional graduate or post-doctoral researcher. If you would like to get involved, see this blog post and to learn more about the power of KTP or contact Rachel Clarke, our resident KTP guru.
Aside from the work of KEIT you can outwardly see, we are busy planning exciting initiatives for the months and years ahead. Scheduling is currently underway for the next Festival of Learning which takes place between 11th-17th July. We are currently working on some *extremely* exciting events, so watch this space. We are also planning out the Festival of Learning On Tour, so if you want to wow the world or have some fun whilst collecting data, come and join us at a public event. Contact Naomi Kay directly for further information.

On a more technical note, we are working to support researchers to develop and evidence the impact of their research. This is ranging from the technical side with the development of a new institutional wide system for impact capture, through to personalised support to maximise the impact of research. We are also nearly ready to publish the next Bournemouth Research Chronicle – keep your eyes peeled!

If you’re feeling inspired by our blog post and would like to get involved with some of our projects then feel free to get in touch:

–        Rebecca Edwards – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager

–        Rachel Bowen – Research Communications Manager

–        Rachel Clarke – Knowledge Exchange Adviser (KTP)

–        Jayne Codling – Knowledge Exchange Adviser

–        Naomi Kay – Public Engagement Officer

–        Harry Gibson – Public Engagement Events Organiser

–        Sam Squelch – Student Engagement Coordinator

To find out more about us and what we do, take a look at our team page.



European Commission workshop “A European Roadmap for Climate Services”, Brussels, 17 March 2015

This Commission workshop is the first public occasion to present the European Roadmap for Climate Services to stakeholders and key players in the field, share views and experiences on key issues, discuss the challenges and opportunities, and move towards its implementation.  It is aimed in particular at organisations that either produce or supply climate information and intelligence, or are interested as actual or potential users of climate services.

[The Commission attributes a broad meaning to the term “climate services”, which covers the transformation of climate-related data – together with other relevant information – into customised products such as projections, forecasts, information, trends, economic analysis, assessments (including technology assessment), counselling on best practices, development and evaluation of solutions and any other service in relation to climate that may be of use for the society at large.]

The Roadmap, which will be published by the end of February 2015, has been produced by a Commission ad hoc Expert Group, established as one of the main outcomes of the first workshop “Towards a European Market for Climate Services” (18 March 2014). It is not a Commission document, but relied on the involvement of a larger supporting group – including the EC services, Copernicus and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) – and on a focused stakeholders’ consultation.  The Roadmap is expected to offer a coherent and focused framework for action, able to leverage on existing initiatives at EU (such as Horizon 2020) and national level, as well as to provide a support framework to local initiatives.

Online registration, draft agenda and further information are available here:

Deadline to register is 10 March, but early registration is recommended as places are limited.








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Festival of Learning – what could you do? Be part of something special this July…

The Festival of Learning is back for the third year between 11th -17th July.

This year will build of the fantastic success of the Festival in 2013 and 2014. Over the past two years the Festival of Learning has had circa 9,000 visits with an average event rating of 9 out of 10 and 96% of evaluated attendees stating that they would be very likely or likely to attend another event.

To further this success in 2015, we need you to host lectures, workshops and debates (or whatever type of engaging activity you can think of) showcasing the fantastic knowledge base of BU.

But why get involved?

  • It is a great opportunity to celebrate life at BU and share your passion with a different audience.
  • It can add fresh perspective to your research. Read this article about how public engagement can help you think about your research from a fresh perspective.
  • It can change people’s lives. Here in the Festival office we have been moved by members of the public telling us about how the Festival has helped reignite a passion for learning, helped support the growth of the charity and even helped people to walk for the first time in years.
  • It is a great networking opportunity. Colleagues involved in the Festival in previous years have developed partnerships which have, for example, led to collaborative PhD studentships.
  • It is fantastic for skills development. Especially for early career researchers, the Festival offers an unprecedented opportunity to develop communication techniques which engage members of the public and builds confidence in communicating complex ideas (essential for a future lecturing career!)
  • It helps to meet the expectation of funders and policy makers. The European Commission, HEFCE and our Research Councils (amongst others) expect researchers to demonstrate to the public the value of their research. The Festival provides of a great vehicle to do this as you will receive central support (e.g. for marketing) rather than going it alone.
  • It can support student recruitment. And not just undergraduates, but those looking for postgraduate courses and short courses who have never before considered BU as a potential place to study.

What you need to know

  • The call for proposals is now open and closes on 19th December at 12noon.
  • You don’t have to run a long event. Many members of the public actually prefer to attend an event which only lasts an hour or so, rather than for a whole day.
  • The Festival runs from 11-17th July 2015. Eager Festival followers will note that the Festival of Learning is being held slightly later this year. This is in order to ensure that our local schools and colleges are able to participate more fully in the Festival and to avoid clashes with examinations (both those being held by schools and Universities).

What to do next

Training opportunity! Introducing the Mass Observation Project (1981-2014) as a data source for researchers

Introducing the Mass Observation Project (1981-2014)

as a data source for researchers


We invite you to attend an interactive day-event for researchers and doctoral students.


This event will introduce you to the unique resources of the Mass Observation Project (MOP).  It provides the chance to discuss and try-out the opportunities that the MOP presents for qualitative longitudinal and/or mixed-method research.


The MOP is a self-selecting citizen’s writing project where individual writers have been answering sets of themed questions/directives on a range of different issues, themes and events between 1981 and present day (


At this event you will:

  • Go on a tour of the archive and its resources with staff at the archive.
  • Be ‘introduced’ to MOP writers and the topics they write about.
  • Discuss a case-study example of a longitudinal mixed-methods project at the University of Southampton, which is using MOP writing in combination with the British Household Panel Survey and the British Social Attitudes Survey.
  • Take part in a hands-on workshop where you can examine and analyse the scripts of individual writers across time.


This event would be suitable for any researcher – including post-graduate/doctoral researchers from a range of different disciplines (social sciences, humanities, and different science and STEM disciplines) who are considering using qualitative and/or mixed research methods.


The event takes place on Monday 27th October at The Keep in Brighton ( – 10am to 4.30 pm. (please arrive for registration before 10)


The Keep is a fully accessible venue. If you require further information on accessibility, please contact


Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


There is a £16 fee to cover the costs of this event. Please book by visiting:


The maximum number of participants for this event is 20.  Booking for this event will close at midnight on 20th October, or when we have reached our maximum number of participants.


For enquiries about this event please contact Rose Lindsey tel: 02380 594442 or email: